Friday, January 14, 2005

Losing the female market, but struggling to get it back

In The Washington Times, Joseph Szadkowski looks at how the comics industry lost female readers, and what some publishers are doing to try to get them back:
"An older generation of comic book executives has been pushed aside, and younger people more in touch with real popular culture have come in," explains Colleen Doran, a veteran of DC Comics and Marvel Comics best known for her science fiction epic A Distant Soil (Image Comics).

"It was a little strange to work with a man born in 1928 who is older than your grandfather," she says. "That group never did believe women could draw comics or would ever read them."